Joey Trizzino knocked heads last year with Michael Kelly in an epic state title match that probably set a record for blood time and bandages.
Kelly, then an Iowa recruit, ultimately prevailed 8-7 in one of the most memorable championship bouts in recent history, claiming his second title for Cedar Falls when Trizzino was called for stalling on top with two seconds remaining in the third tiebreaker.
“One of our managers actually taped the whole thing — blood time and all,” Trizzino said. “It (lasted) over 25 minutes.”
Their future battles in the Iowa practice room might last even longer.
Trizzino and New London’s Jake Kadel are joining the Hawkeyes as walk-ons.
Trizzino was a three-time state medalist for Bettendorf, placing eighth as a freshman, third as a junior and second as a senior. He’s projected to wrestle in college at 149 or 157.
Kadel, likely a 133-pounder in college, was a state runner-up as a sophomore and placed third three other times. He had a 187-13 record in high school.
Kadel said he also considered Columbia University, Northern Iowa, Coe and Wartburg.
“Deep down, (Iowa is) where I really wanted to go,” Kadel said. “They have what I want to get into — pre-medicine — and it’s not too far away from home, which is good, too. It all kind of worked out.”
Trizzino is following the same route his brother, Nick, took two years ago to Iowa. Both underwent shoulder surgeries after completing their high school careers at Bettendorf. Both took classes for a year at Scott Community College during a year away from competition.
Both wound up following family ties to Iowa, where their father, Mark, and uncle, Scott, were key figures during the Hawkeyes’ nine-year title run under Dan Gable.
Joey Trizzino said he has spent recent months wrestling with former Hawkeye Dan LeClere, who is in chiropractic school at Palmer College in Davenport.
Trizzino said he also considered Iowa State and Coe College.
“When I took my visit to Iowa State, they were all nice and welcoming,” he said. “But ever since I was little, and my dad went to Iowa, I’ve always been a Hawkeye fan, and my dream was always to wear a black-and-gold singlet and wrestle for Iowa.”